The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27
Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27; Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Bennett rushes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Yoklic ranks third nationally in punting average
2014: A starter in all 13 games at defensive end...totaled 31 tackles and one TFL on the season...twice had a career-high five tackles (Iowa and Miami)...had four stops in the Georgia Tech and FIU games...had three tackles and a 12-yard TFL at Boston College.
2013: Enrolled at Pitt in January 2013 following his December graduation from G.A.R. Memorial High School...played in all 13 games as a true freshman defensive end, earning a starting assignment vs. Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl...totaled 20 tackles, four TFLs and one sack on the season...had a season-high four tackles with a three-yard TFL vs. Miami...had three solo tackles with two TFLs in Pitt's season opener vs. Florida State...had a 10-yard sack in the bowl victory over Bowling Green.
HIGH SCHOOL: Decorated defensive lineman who compiled an astonishing 52 sacks during his career at G.A.R. Memorial...two-time All-State Class AA selection by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers...two-time Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AA...Wyoming Valley Conference Football Coaches Association Small School Defensive Player of the Year (Class AA-Class A)...compiled 109 tackles, 13.5 sacks and six fumble recoveries as a senior...had 114 tackles and nine sacks as a junior...led team to an 18-6 record (.750), two district playoff berths and one PIAA Class AA playoff berth over his final two seasons...selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, a senior all-star game featuring players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia...rated the No. 24 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals and No. 28 by Scout...played under Coach Paul Wiedlich Jr....also a three-year letterman in track and field...National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Shakir Jammal Soto, born 2/12/94, is the son of Rhonda Vieney...has two brothers and one sister...uncle, Terry Vieney, played football at Bloomsburg University...communication major.
Pitt Football Positional Preview: Special Teams
Pitt's Conner Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense
Pitt's Conner Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List